101 Ways to Reduce Waste

1 Replace disposable with reusable

2 Buy used instead of new

3 Recycle your cans

4 Maintain your car; it'll last longer

5 Garden

6 Reupholster a raggedy old sofa instead of throwing it out

7 Replace disposable alkaline batteries with rechargeable batteries

8 Drop unwanted paint off at the Tucson/Pima Household Hazardous Waste Program

9 Donate still useful items to charitable groups

10 Use remanufactured toner cartridges; they perform the same as new ones and cost less

11 Maximize the life of appliances by performing regular maintenance

12 Shop resale stores, yard sales, second hand, donation centers and estate sales--good for the budget and the earth

13 Rent, lend, and borrow instead of buying new

14 Keep tires inflated, they'll last longer and your car will pollute less

15 Learn about your local recycling opportunities

16 Participate in your local recycling programs

17 While on vacation, use the recycling programs at parks, hotels and campgrounds

18 Recycle your Christmas tree at Tricycle instead of dumping it

19 Invest in a living or artificial Christmas tree that you can enjoy for many years

20 Look for a reusable coffee filter to replace disposable filters

21 Donate your old glasses to service groups who forward them to folks in need

22 Generate revenue by practicing thrift

23 Reuse envelopes

24 Bring a reusable mug to work

25 Rent formal wear

26 Use reusable furnace and air conditioner filters

27 Repair and refinish well-used furniture

28 Compost (let it rot)

29 Maintain your property, goods, and stuff--they will last longer

30 Share your knowledge

31 Borrow books from the library

32 Leave grass clippings on lawn

33 Give a battery charger with rechargeable batteries as a gift

34 Have a white elephant party; it's a great way to pass along unwanted stuff

35 Recycle your plastic beverage containers

36 Reuse wrapping paper to re-wrap or line shelves and drawers

37 Cut the front off of greeting cards you receive and re-send them as postcards or use as gift tags

38 Break the paper towel habit; use cloth and sponges

39 Change your cooler pads; it will run more efficiently

40 Bring a "no garbage" lunch to work or school, using reusable containers, bags, and a thermos

41 Read, then pass on your magazines to offices, hospitals or other waiting rooms to be re-read

42 Make your mattress last--turn it and reverse it end-to-end twice a year

43 Donate your old mattress to others

44 Ride your bike

45 Close the drapes to keep the room cool

46 Dry clothing on clothesline instead of using a gas or electric dryer

47 Recycle your corrugated cardboard

48 Recycle your glass containers

49 Buy what you need, use what you buy

50 Repair durable goods instead of dumping them when they fail

51 Offer leftovers to neighbors and friends

52 Don't buy a gallon when a quart will do

53 Be water smart; install low-flow plumbing fixtures

54 Make note pads out of print overruns, computer printouts, outdated forms and stationery

55 Print and copy on both sides of the paper

56 Use routing slips to circulate memos instead of making multiple copies

57 Donate old computers

58 Call 1-877-3LITTER to report Arizona litterbugs

59 Reuse empty containers to refrigerate leftovers, pack lunch food, keep buttons, or store hardware in the shop

60 Buy the large size of items you use often

61 Use refillable in lotions, soaps, and cleaning products

62 Get a closer shave by using reusable razors

63 Avoid disposables

64 Pass on or donate stuff your kids have outgrown

65 Reuse packing pellets or offer them for reuse to packing services and postal mailing centers

66 Rotate your tires; they'll last longer

67 Take a re-usable bag shopping

68 Rent or borrow instead buying movies and video games

69 Keep mailing lists current to avoid duplication

70 Use concentrates

71 Look for products with high levels of post-consumer materials

72 Use non-toxic products

73 Buy products with minimal packaging

74 Reformat computer disks for reuse

75 Reformat videotapes for reuse

76 Reduce excess

77 Buy in bulk and use it all

78 Carpool

79 Use water based paints

80 Turn your computer monitor off when leaving for more than an hour

81 Share

82 Change habits

83 Buy products in packaging that can be recycled locally

84 Minimize packaging

85 Lend

86 Look for durability in products you buy and use, not just lower price

87 RE-think habits and customs

88 Reuse grocery bags

89 Stop receiving unwanted mail (call 791-5000 to find out how)

90 Take the bus

91 Consolidate trips and errands to one trip

92 Turn the car off while waiting in line

93 Walk, ride bikes, roller blade, skateboard instead of driving

94 Recycle your newspaper

95 Turn the light off when you leave the room

96 Conserve water

97 Wrap gifts in materials you already have such as the comics, children's artwork, colorful bags, scarves, maps, or fabric

98 Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator every few months--you can reduce electricity consumption 6% or more

99 Listen to your parents (they have good ideas)

100 Talk to someone who lived during the depression to learn how it was

101 Pass this list on to someone else